Annual SHARS Survey

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To conduct IDEA-B LEA maintenance of effort (MOE) compliance reviews, TEA must know how LEAs and fiscal agents expended any reimbursements they received under the School Health and Related Services (SHARS) program. All LEAs that received IDEA-B grant funding in the 2021–2022 school year must therefore submit the School Health … Read More

SHARS Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid

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SHARS Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid As we approach the beginning of the 2023 FFY (October 1, 2022) as well as the November 1, 2022 deadline for Speech Pathology policy changes, ONWARD wishes to remind you of these prior notifications.  Starting in August 13, 2021 ONWARD began releasing training … Read More

HHSC SHARS Q&A Document

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The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) released a SHARS Program Q&A on September 20, 2022 for all who registered and attended one of the recent HHSC SHARS webinars hosted from August 2 – Sept 1, 2022.  HHSC published the attached document to follow up with questions that were submitted, … Read More

October 1st Changes to SHARS – 2023 FFY

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SHARS Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid October 1, 2022 Effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2022, School Health and Related Services (SHARS) benefits will change for Texas Medicaid. Overview of Benefit Changes Major changes to this medical benefit include the following: Clarification relating to parental … Read More

TEA Certified Speech Therapists Not Approved for SHARS Reimbursement

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TEA Certified Speech Therapists Not Approved for SHARS Reimbursement TEA wants to remind school districts that as of October 1, 2022 TEA certified speech therapists will no longer be an approved speech therapy provider for SHARS reimbursements.  Originally this information was published in the Proposed Policies Changes document released in … Read More

Random Moment Time Study Program Contacts

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ONWARD is here to provide our clients with information and reminders regarding the SHARS program.  We want to emphasize important points from HHSC regarding RMTS. Primary RMTS Program Contact The Primary RMTS Contact is responsible for ensuring the district complies with all RMTS requirements and serves as a communicator between … Read More

SHARS 2023 FFY HHSC Training

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In anticipation of the approval of the amendments to 1 TAC §355.8443, HHSC-PFD is hosting a training to go over the SHARS program and the amendments.  Both your ONWARD team and HHSC highly recommend your district SHARS administrators attend at lest one of the webinars to ensure a smooth transition for … Read More

SHARS Proposed Policy Changes as of October 1, 2022

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HHSC has proposed changes to the SHARS Handbook in the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual (TMPPM). Below are a couple of topics considered for changes: – expand audiology services to students eligible for 504 services, and – update allowable provider types for speech-language services. The complete document is available at … Read More

SHARS Policy Updates and TEA Typical Findings

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Parental Consents “Informed consent is agreement to do something or to allow something to happen only after all the relevant facts are disclosed.” Prospective Consent – Consent for future services/billing. Targeted Distribution – Consent is applicable to a child receiving eligible special education services and who has been identified as … Read More